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SHC orders Customs to release soap consignment

SHC orders Customs to release soap consignment

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has ordered Customs to release toilet soap consignments on payment of differential amount while hearing two identical petitions filed by the importers.

The order was issued by a SHC appellate bench, comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Yousuf Ali Sayeed. Adil Enterprises and M F Enterprises challenged the unilateral enhancement of custom duty by the Director, Customs Valuation in the presence of a Valuation Ruling.

Ghulam Hyder Shaikh advocate appearing for the petitioner companies/importers submitted that the Director Valuation transcended his powers by determining the customs value and duty at an enhanced rate.

The duty assessment was in violation of section 25 of the Customs Act 1969, the counsel for petitioner/importers submitted pointing out to the court that identical petitions are fixed for hearing on July 28 and these too may be heard on that date.

The bench allowing the petitions ordered release on payment of differential amount between the declared value and value as per Valuation Ruling.